Institute for the Study of American Art in China (ISAAC)



The newly founded Institute for the Study of American Art in China (ISAAC) is a three-year collaboration between the Art Institute of Nanjing University, the Edith O’Donnell Institute of Art History, and the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, with the support of the Terra Foundation for American Art.


EODIAH Fellows at The Warehouse.

Housed at the Art Institute of Nanjing University, ISAAC is dedicated to increasing understanding of American art in China from the colonial period to the present day. Focused initially on the art of the United States, the program will eventually widen its scope to include modern, colonial, and indigenous art in the entire American hemisphere.


EODIAH Fellows at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art. From left to right: Dr. Liu Yi; Ms. Zheng Weili, Managing Editor and Project Director for the Humanities with Nanjing University Press; Dr. Gao Xin; Dr. Andrew Walker, Director of the Amon Carter Museum of American Art

ISAAC has several aims, including an annual program of study and travel in the United States for select faculty of the Art Institute of Nanjing University and, eventually, other Chinese universities; an annual Summer Study Seminar in Nanjing on topics in American art history; a program of exhibitions of American art curated by Sino-American teams for a Chinese audience; and a continuing program of translating important books on American art to be published by the Nanjing University Press for distribution throughout China.

We welcomed our first Fellows in the Fall of 2017.


Richard R. Brettell, Founding Director, The Edith O’Donnell Institute of Art History, The University of Texas at Dallas